Worth their weight in gold
Forza Horizon 4 and Fornite Battle Royale win big at the
While OXM’s own end-of-year awards are, of course, the most definitive around (see p62), we’re always interested to see which games win big at the Golden Joysticks – because they’re chosen not by a judging panel, but by the votes of you, the gaming public. Presented once again by comedian and writer Danny Wallace, with voice actress Alix Wilton Regan (Aya in Assassin’s Creed Origins) on announcer duties, this year’s event was packed with luminaries from across the games industry, all assembled to find out your favourite games of 2018.
Unsurprisingly, the phenomenon that is Fortnite:BattleRoyale took home its share of accolades, its huge fanbase propelling it to victory in both the Best Competitive Game category and the grand prize, Ultimate Game Of The Year. Forza Horizon 4, meanwhile, took home Best Xbox One Game, beating Sea Of Thieves, State Of Decay
2 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to the top spot.
Cyberpunk 2077 confidently won Most Wanted Game – no great surprise, given the fervour around CD Projekt’s latest – and World Of Tanks won the Still Playing Award for the second year running, its devoted fanbase once again swatting away the likes of Hearthstone, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Destiny 2. Team shooter Overwatch similarly pulled off another year as the winner of the eSports Game Of The Year category. Best Indie Game went to roguelike mega-hit Dead Cells, despite stiff competition from Celeste and Into The Breach, and the hugely successful Monster Hunter: World won Best Cooperative Game for its epic team dinosaur hunts.
With a release date inconveniently close to the close of the voting period,
Red Dead Redemption 2 didn’t make the splash you might have expected. It did at least win Critics’ Choice, the award decided by a panel of expert reviewers (including OXM editor Chris).
We sung the praises earlier this year of Microsoft’s new Xbox Adaptive Controller, and the Golden Joysticks saw fit to celebrate it too – it won the Outstanding Achievement Award, recognising the team’s amazing work helping to make gaming more accessible for all. Also honoured was From Software’s Hidetaka Miyazaki, the man behind the Dark Souls series and the upcoming Sekiro: Shadows
Die Twice, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He seemed genuinely humbled to have the award presented to him by two of his greatest influences – Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, creators of the
Fighting Fantasy game books. “To receive such a prestigious award fills me with great surprise and a sense of great honour. I am tremendously grateful to everyone who has played, enjoyed and appreciated our games,” said Miyazaki in his acceptance speech, via a translator. “This award goes to the many people who have built these games with me, and shared their passion with me over the years.” ■
“Red Dead Redemption 2 didn’t make the splash you might have expected”